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COLL: « Jean Rhys: Transmission Lines / Lignes de transmission », 21-23 Juin 2018, Sorbonne

21 juin 2018 - 0 h 00 min - 23 juin 2018 - 23 h 59 min

International conference

Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université – VALE (Voix Anglophones Littérature et Esthétique, EA 4085)

21-22-23 June 2018,  Sorbonne Université

Juliana Lopoukhine, Frédéric Regard, and Kerry-Jane Wallart

Conference Programme

Thursday 21 June, Amphithéâtre Michelet, Sorbonne Université (46 rue Saint-Jacques)

8.30-9.15, registration / coffee
9.15-9.30, conference opening, Elisabeth Angel-Perez, head of the Research Institute VALE (Voix Anglophones Littérature et Esthétique, EA 4085)

9.30-12.00, Chair: Frédéric Regard
Saskia Schiabo (Universität Stuttgart) – “Writing from the Other America: Re-routing Cosmopolitanism / Re-routing Jean Rhys Criticism”
Scott McCracken (Queen Mary, London) – “Jean Rhys and L’Étrange Défaite”
Helen Carr (Goldsmiths, University of London) – “1966 and Wide Sargasso Sea: the Climate that made Jean Rhys Legible”
Floriane Reviron-Pieguay (Université de Saint-Etienne) – “Writing Jean Rhys a Life: the Circonvolutions of Transmission Lines in the Memoirs and Biographies of Jean Rhys”


13.30-15.30, Chair: Scott McCracken
Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University) – “Reading Rhys Reading”
Anna Snaith (King’s College London) – “Jean Rhys’s Sonic Modernism”
Pascale Tollance (Université de Lyon 2) – “Painting the Cardboard House Red: (Re)-Writing Colour in Wide Sargasso Sea”
Evelyn O’Callaghan – “Transmitting Rhys in the Caribbean Classroom: The Elusive Gwendolyn and her Writing in Caribbean Literary History”

Coffee break

16.00-17.30, Chair: Anna Snaith
Elaine Savory (New School, New York) – “The Elusiveness of Gratified Desire?: Jean Rhys’s Representation of Sexuality”
Emily O Wittman (University of Alabama) – “Macaronic Humor in Jean Rhys’s Good Morning, Midnight”
Nicole Terrien (Université de Rennes 2) – “Smile Please: A Modernist Challenge to the Photo Album”

19.00, An evening around Jean Rhys at the Maison de la Poésie (Passage Molière, 157, rue Saint-Martin 75003 Paris)
Caryl Phillips will discuss his latest novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset, a fictional narrative around the life of Jean Rhys, with Kathie Birat and Kerry-Jane Wallart.
There are a library (where Mr. Phillips’s novel can be bought) and a bar-restaurant at the Maison de la Poésie.


Friday 22 June, salle Dussane Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm (45 rue d’Ulm)

9.00-10.30, Chair: Marc Porée
Sue Thomas (La Trobe University) – “Jean Rhys and Postcolonial Neo-Victorian fiction”
Thorunn Lonsdale (Ithaca College, London) – “Jean Rhys’ Influence on Contemporary Writers”
Kevin Frank (Baruch College, New York) – “Propinquities of Modernism and Postmodernism in Voyage in the Dark and Wide Sargasso Sea.”

11.00-12:30, Chair: Pascale Tollance
Andrea Zemgulys (University of Michigan) – “‘I didn’t know’: Innocence as Deep Structure”
Imogen Free (King’s College London) – “The Representation of Stasis as Conflict within Jean Rhys”
Judith Raiskin (University of Oregon) – “What the ‘F’ is a Daffodil?’: Jean Rhys’s Influence on Pacific Island Literature”


14.00-15.30, Chair: Andrée-Anne Kekeh-Dika
Catherine Lanone (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle) « Phillips’s A View of the Empire at Sunset »
Bénédicte Ledent (Université de Liège) – “The Haunting Presence of Jean Rhys in Caryl Phillips’s Fiction”
Denise deCaires Narain (University of Sussex) – “Addressing, Dressing and Undressing the Self: Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the cultural politics of clothing in literary self-making”

Coffee break

16.30-18.30, Chair: Floriane Reviron-Pieguay
Juliette Taylor Batty (University of Leeds) – “‘Everything’s been done before’: Rhys, Intertextuality and the Archive”
Pauline Amy de la Bretèque (Sorbonne Université) – “Lines of Transmission / Border Lines in Voyage in the Dark : Creolisation or cultural delimitation?”
Johanna O’Shea (Goldsmiths, University of London) – “Reading Inside Rhys’s Writing Machine: the Abstract Maternal Inheritance and Lines of Flight”
Catherine Rovera (Université Paris-Dauphine, ITEM – Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes) – “Jean Rhys’s Phantom Manuscript (Mr Howard’s House. CREOLE, 1938)”

20.00, Conference Dinner


Samedi 23 juin, Salle des Actes, Sorbonne (5, rue de la Sorbonne)

9.00-10.30, Chair: Jagna Oltarzewska
Elsa Lorphelin (Sorbonne Université) – “The Voices of Others: Intertextuality and Auctorial Remanence in Jean Rhys’s Short Fiction.”
Simon Cooke (Edinburgh University) – “‘[P]arler de soi’: Jean Rhys, Auto/biography, and Transmission Lines between Life and Work”
Chantal Delourme (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre) – “Jean Rhys’s Short Stories: Phrasing the Untransmissible”

11:00-12.30, Chair: Judith Raiskin
Mary Condé (IES Abroad London) – “Voyage in the Dark and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand: Faults in Transmission”
Françoise Clary (Université de Rouen) – “From Jean Rhys to Edward Kamau Brathwaite: the Lines and Twists of Literary Filiation in Caribbean Postcolonial Modernism”
Chris GoGwilt (Fordham University) – “Jean Rhys and Indonesia: Alienage and Lineage across Decolonial Faultlines”


14.30-16.00, Chair: Juliana Lopoukhine
Sylvie Maurel (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès) – “Jean Rhys’s Precarious Testimonies in Sleep It Off Lady”
Lindsey Pelucacci (Fordham University) – “Writing the Unwriting: Textual Entrapment and Subversion: The Function of Alphabetical and Epistolary Letters in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark”
Patricia Moran (City University of London) and Erica L. Johnson (Pace University) – “Encryption as Transmission: The Literary Gardens of Wide Sargasso Sea”

Coffee break

16.30-18.00, Chair: Bénédicte Ledent
Caryl Phillips will be reading from his latest novel, A View of the Empire at Sunset. Questions and answers.


Début :
21 juin 2018 - 0 h 00 min
Fin :
23 juin 2018 - 23 h 59 min
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